Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) announced on Monday that he and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) had reached an agreement on the schedule for former President Trump’s impeachment trial.
The House voted in January to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection,” accusing the president of inciting a mob of his supporters to amass at the Capitol on January 6. The mob subsequently breached the building, forcing lawmakers to evacuate and leaving five people dead in the riot and its aftermath.
Chuck Schumer announces an agreement that sets up the structure of the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump that starts tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/uh3HJjNkJE
— Jason Donner (@jason_donner) February 8, 2021
According to the trial framework, the Senate will debate and vote on Tuesday on whether the trial is constitutional. Trump’s defenders and many GOP senators have argued that convicting a president while out of office is unconstitutional, although a small number of Republicans have backed having a trial.
Opening arguments will begin on Wednesday, with House impeachment managers and Trump’s legal team given 16 hours each over a period of four days to present their cases. Next week, each side will take senators’ questions for four hours, and debate will be opened on whether to call witnesses to the trial.